The Best Bars for Foodies in Cleveland

The OpenTable Team

Cleveland has all the hustle and bustle you’d expect from a big city while still managing to maintain a charming small-town feel. This northeastern Ohio city, located on the shores of Lake Erie, boasts a revitalized downtown, a beautiful lakefront park, and a strong cultural side. Its 23,000 acres of parks and nature preserves provide a relaxing respite from the city noise and traffic, while the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Museum of Art put it on the global cultural map. The city appeals to nature-lovers, sports fanatics, urban adventurers and foodies alike. And, they have a fantastic nightlife scene as well. If you’re wondering where to go for a fun night out, check out our Tastemaker List of the best bars in Cleveland.

Restaurants:House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Cleveland, The Standard, Market Garden Brewery
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, French, Brewery
Neighborhoods:Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street, Cleveland East, Ohio City

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
1,091 reviews
  • Fun
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is a laid-back place to enjoy tasty food and well-made drinks in Cleveland. Conveniently located near Progressive Field, and the Rock and Roll HalRead more
93% recommended
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The Standard

$$$$·French·
Cleveland East
237 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Standard is a popular gastro-tavern and a strong anchor in the E. 185th Street bar scene. It offers a variety of fine French Moroccan cuisine and they hand-select and craft allRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Market Garden Brewery

$$$$·Brewery·
Ohio City
713 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Market Garden Brewery is hands-down one of the best bars in Cleveland for beer lovers. The popular restaurant and bar feature a 3,000 square food “American beer garden,” three fireRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Rusty Anchor at the Music Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland
1,752 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
The Rusty Anchor at the Music Box, located on Main Avenue in Downtown Cleveland, is a world-class restaurant and Cleveland’s #1 choice for live music. It offers casual fine dining Read more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orange Village

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beachwood
2,584 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
Located on Harvard Road in Orange Village, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a popular spot for great food and wine tasting in the Cleveland area. It combines modern, casual dRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Blu the Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Beachwood
340 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Blu the Restaurant is a creation of Brad Friedlander, the mastermind behind some of Cleveland’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants. Located on Richmond Road in Beachwood, it’s aRead more
90% recommended
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Square 22

$$$$·American·
Strongsville
706 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Square 22 Restaurant and Bar, located on Pearl Road in Strongsville, offers a great setting for casual food and drinks. Many locals consider it one of the best bars in Cleveland anRead more
92% recommended
American in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

The Cabin Club

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cleveland West
601 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
The Cabin Club, located on Detroit Road in Westlake, is a favorite bar and restaurant for West Side residents. Housed in a historic, timber-framed log cabin, once a private huntingRead more
97% recommended
Romantic in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Pickwick & Frolic

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
949 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club, located in Downtown Cleveland on E. 4th Street, is a complete entertainment experience at one of the best bars in Cleveland. The restaurant fRead more
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Bar Cento

$$$$·Italian·
Ohio City
855 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
Located in historic Ohio City, Bar Cento offers a creative European-inspired menu with a focus on regional and sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The rRead more
100% recommended
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Don's Lighthouse Grille

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cleveland West
1,394 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For one of the best bars in Cleveland on the lakefront, head to Don’s Lighthouse. It’s just a short drive from downtown’s sports, theater and concert districts and offers a casuallRead more
91% recommended

Pier W

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lakewood
7,301 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Pier W, located on Lake Avenue in Lakewood, is a landmark Cleveland restaurant and bar. Open since 1965, it is famous for its critically-acclaimed seafood and contemporary AmericanRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Betts - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland
15 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Brunch
Parker’s Downtown, located on 9th street in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel, is a casually elegant Contemporary American restaurant with an awesome bar. They offer an urban dining menuRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Shaker Heights
266 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink is a vibrant neighborhood bistro located on Tuttle Road in Shaker Heights. James-Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz uses a fresh, simpRead more
94% recommended
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Lago East Bank

$$$$·Italian·
The Flats
682 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Lago East Bank, located on 10th Street in The Flats neighborhood, is a unique restaurant and bar concept that emphasizes togetherness and celebration. The restaurant features a regRead more
89% recommended

Taste

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cleveland Heights
436 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Taste is a casually elegant bar and restaurant and a great place for food, wine and fun. Located in Lee Road’s growing restaurant row, it’s a short walk from the Cedar-Lee Theatre,Read more
81% recommended
Contemporary American in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Nighttown

$$$$·American·
Cleveland Heights
823 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Nighttown, named after the Dublin Red-Light District in James Joyce’s Ulysses, is undoubtedly one of the best bars in Cleveland. The venue features six distinctly different dining Read more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Salmon Dave's Pacific Grille

$$$$·Seafood·
Cleveland West
450 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Salmon Dave’s Pacific Grille is a super fun restaurant and bar located on Old Lake Road in Cleveland West. Cleveland locals and visitors alike love it here, both for the super fresRead more
96% recommended

Barroco Larchmere

$$$$·Latin American·
Cleveland East
38 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Wither three eclectic and energetic locations, Barroco gained a name as one of Cleveland's favorite dining and drinking destinations. The atmosphere immediately transports you to aRead more
100% recommended
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